The Rose Parade began in 1890 as a promotional winter festival by the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club. Nothing like sun, clean air and snow-capped mountains to sell Southern California to the frozen East.
The festival took off and became the premier News Year’s Day event viewed by millions worldwide.
Here is a collection of Rose Parade images from 1895 through 1969.
In the gallery, I saved a fun graphic for last — the 1930 parade route published in the Los Angeles Times. It looks about a third shorter than the current route.
Have a wonderful New Year!
[Updated Dec. 24, 2014, with ten additional images.]
[Updated Dec. 22, 2016, with 11 additional images.]